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Help setting up a Network

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#1 brejul


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:31 PM

Hoping someone out there might be able to give me some help/options;


I am a small business with 3 staff spread across two offices.  I work on large drawing files, and ideally want a server that can be accessed from anywhere by my staff (and me when travelling going to meetings etc).  We need to be able to log in and work direct on the files, and update in real time for all others on the network.  I am concerned about working on large files and saving etc is constantly updating back to a server and using up large data and being slow.


I assume that something like Dropbox is my best option, but at $650-$800 a year is there any better options?





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#2 britechguy


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 09:06 AM

Your question is not really about setting up a network, but setting up the ability to file share from multiple locations via a web-based service.


How much space do you actually need for the files in question?   Is some subset of those files in "working state" while others would be strictly archival/reference?


The number of cloud-based storage services is myriad.  There's Google Docs, Amazon (their S3 service is quite cost efficient), and others.


From your description it sounds like you would definitely require a service that handles file locking in the case of editing so that no more than one person can open a given file for edit at a given moment in time.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:24 PM

I wonder if a NAS would be up your alley? 1 time cost as long as you get enough storage space. I was using the Lacie and had to replace it twice in 2 years. I switched to the Synology due to great multiple online reviews and am very happy with


it so far. The Synology DS718+ (You may need something larger) is so simple to setup. Of course I only use the built in FTP function to shuttle my Paint Stores POS server backup to my house. That being said, the apps and such built in the thing would work for you, again as long


as you chose enough space. Uploading to Dropbox speeds are only as good as your internet speeds so it would be no different, only you'd own the server in house without the yearly fees. 


Here is a cool NAS selector to help you decide. Hope it helps. https://www.synology.com/en-us/support/nas_selector


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